VERY NICE catalog for the recent exhibition of Ed Wood Sleaze Paperbacks art show that Boo-Hooray put on... see this video for details...
100 pages / perfect bound / full color / fully annotated
This Deluxe Edition contains the illustrated and annotated exhibit
catalog, along with a silkscreened and angora-furred clear vinyl 7"
recording of two poetic Ed Wood homages by Chain Gang member Ricky
Luanda, packaged in a silkscreened slipcase. Limited to 250 numbered
The antiquarian mystique surrounding Edward Davis Wood Jr.’s
career as an author of pornographic pulp fiction is legend. He wrote
under a variety of pseudonyms, books were published and re-published
under different titles, and occasionally under different author names.
Multiple authors would share the same pseudonym, and the companies that
published the titles weren’t the kind of operations that kept any kind
of records, nor paid royalties, nor really existed in the manner that
most are to expect of book publishers.
Ed Wood’s sleaze fiction is also as strange, idiosyncratic and out of
step with his times and mores as his infamous movies. Wood would write
porn inter-spliced with lengthy philosophical, sociological and
psychological discourse, he’d write first person narratives of life as a
transvestite in the buttoned up America of the 1950’s. He’d riff on
psychosexual themes, and unleash his id, his ego and his superego in
turn, sometimes in the same chapter. He’d write about sex and the human
condition without veneer or filters, offering up the damaged and
anguished voice of a desperately soul-searching drunk with a sense of
self-worth that would stand in dichotomy to his self-pity.
His descent into alcoholism and poverty was mirrored by the
publishers that employed him. Towards the end of his life he wrote
pornography with decreasing amounts of the strange flourishes of his
eccentric personality. He died in 1978 of an alcohol-induced heart
attack. His friends say the porn killed him. For further information see
Rudolph Grey’s masterful biography Nightmare of Ecstasy.
The fully-illustrated catalog for Boo-Hooray's exhibit of Wood's
sleaze paperbacks contains extensive commentary by exhibit curators
Michael Daley and Johan Kugelberg on the publications and their history,
as well as extensive quotations from the books themselves and a poetic
homage to Wood by Ricky Luanda of the legendary band Chain Gang.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 12 January, 2012.